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Folly Beach Monster

The Folly Beach Monster is the nickname given to a globster that was found on Friday, March 22nd, 2012, on Folly Beach in South Carolina. Initially believed by locals to have been a sea monster, it was quickly discovered to be nothing more than the carcass of a rare fish.

Description

The “monster” consisted of a large, tan-and-green corpse sporting what appeared to be vestigial fins which had been washed up on the South Carolina beach. The prominent rows of bony scutes running the length of its body leant it a somewhat prehistoric look, a fact which led the locals to declare it a sea monster.

Explanation

After photographs of the “monster” began to circulate, Dr. Shane Boylan of South Carolina Aquarium stepped forward to state that the carcass was in fact that of an Atlantic Sturgeon, a prehistoric yet extant species of bony fish native to the waters of the region which can reach fifteen feet in length. Explaining that the fish could be easily identified by the shape of its body and the presence of the bony scutes, Dr. Boylan posited that confusion may have arisen from the fact that the carcass had developed a “necrotic tan,” a discolouration of the skin due to prolonged exposure of dead flesh to the sun.

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